Writing an Informal 2 Weeks’ Notice Letter

You’ve landed a new, better job. Congratulations! Nevertheless, you must first give notice of your departure from your current role. And the best way to do that is to give a two weeks notice letter to your manager. If you have been employed at your current job for a long time, you might write a friendly resignation letter for your boss. That’s what an “informal 2 weeks’ notice letter” is!

What is a Two Weeks’ Notice Letter?

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An official resignation letter that follows two weeks’ notice is used to notify an employer. It is standard practice to give your employer two weeks’ notice, so they can find a suitable replacement while ensuring your position remains open.

Two weeks gives you enough time to complete your current obligations, inform your managers and fill in your coworkers about your duties. It also is an opportunity to say goodbye to your colleagues professionally and positively. 

Although the two weeks notice is customary, consider giving your company a “4 weeks notice” if you are going through a busy period. This will really help in the future when you need any favors. Or with your new boss, who will see that you don’t let the company down.

How to Tell Your Boss You Are Quitting?

In no case should you quit your job by email. You can send your resignation letter in an email after you resign in person. Quitting a job in an email is not professional nor cordial.

Neither is doing it over the phone. Unless you can’t see your boss because you work remotely, you should not quit over the phone or by mail.

Some things should be done in person. When talking to your boss, be courteous but determined. Do not elaborate on why the job is awful. Just thank them for the opportunity and wish them the best.

How to Write an Informal 2 Weeks’ Notice Letter?

Like any other business letter, informal 2 weeks notice letter should be written on your official letterhead. But you can still maintain a professional manner while remaining friendly

It is important to remember to convey your basic details regarding your resignation. If you have any important details about the job in general, such as responsibilities transferred, you should mention them now. 

Don’t forget to include your up-to-date contact information so that people can still reach you.

What to Include in Your Letter?

  • Your wish to quit,
  • Your last day in your current job,
  • Providing assistance with the transition,
  • Your employer’s kindness and compassion for you,
  • Thanking your fellow coworkers.

To Wrap Up

Remember that your two-week notice letter will mark the last chapter of your career with your company. There may even be a chance that a good recommendation will come from separating amicably.

No matter what you think of your company, there is no reason to burn any bridges. No one knows what the future brings for us, after all!

Pam is an expert grammarian with years of experience teaching English, writing and ESL Grammar courses at the university level. She is enamored with all things language and fascinated with how we use words to shape our world.

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